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|Brief Description||A letter written by Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandel of Bratislava requesting the bombing of the railroad tracks leading to the extermination camps.||Similar Items|
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A letter written by Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandel of Bratislava requesting the bombing of the railroad tracks leading to the extermination camps. The letter was sent in the summer of 1944. It is written in Hebrew and intended for the Allies and the Pope.
Its contents in their entirety:
Please transmit this letter to the heads of the three large kingdoms who are coming to our aid - and to the Pope.
[dated 2 Tammuz 5704 - June 23, 1944]
The enemy of the world has begun the destruction of the Earth with his war against us. On our corpses he taught his people murder and cruelty. And having learned this murder and this cruelty, they did what they have done against you and against all the inhabitants of the world. And of the children of Israel he has suffocated up to now in all manner of cruelty, murdered approximately 6,000,000 souls in murder - halls by means of killing vapors [gas], in Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinki [sic] and Birkenau - Auschwitz.
You have the power and the ability to prevent him by bombing the railroad tracks being used for these murderous transports.
The blood of millions [a thousand thousands] has been spilled. The blood of a thousand thousands that is about to be spilled cries to you from this accursed soil to say: Has not enough of our blood been spilled.
Don't think or wonder, do what is in your power and the Lord of the Universe will repay our enemy and he who loves us.
One of the crowd ["from the marketplace"] who sees the anguish of his people. Close